Saturday 14 September 2013

Saturday 14th September 2013

The highlight on a busy autumn day was an all too brief Buff-breasted Sandpiper that flew around the Bight and headed north up the estuary mid morning, the ninth site record. Two Golden Plover that dropped into the Bight early afternoon were also new for the year. Also in the estuary 465 Curlew, 211 Great Black-backed Gull, 141 Ringed Plover, 112 Sandwich Tern, 105 Dunlin, 100 Wigeon, 31 Bar and a single Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Sanderling, the first two Little Tern of the autumn, two Knot, two Greenshank, two Mediterranean Gull, an Osprey and the Slavonian Grebe. A fall of migrants included a Spotted Flycatcher, 27 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 10 Wheatear, four Whitethroat, two Sedge and two Garden Warbler. Elsewhere 150+ Meadow Pipit, 105 House and two Sand Martin, five Grey and three Yellow Wagtail flew through and a Balearic Shearwater, a Red-throated Diver and 37 Common Scoter were offshore.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was off Langstone Rock and a Weasel, a Fox, a Clouded Yellow were on Warren Point.

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